Kennedy tetra - Astyanax kennedyi
Scientific name: Astyanax kennedyi
Common name: Kennedy tetra
Usual size in fish tanks: 5 - 6 cm (1.97 - 2.36 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.5 - 7.2
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 6 - 16°N (107.14 - 285.71ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 23 - 26 °C (73.4 - 78.8°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: South America
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful
Usual place in the tank: Middle levels
Food and feeding
Use quality flake for the staple diet. Kennedy tetras will relish treats of blood worms, white worms and brine shrimp given twice weekly.
South America; Kennedy tetras are found in the upper Amazonian Basins.
Females tend to have a plumper body shape than the males.
Provide the parents with a planted tank for breeding. Condition the fish on plenty of live foods for 2-3 weeks prior to moving them to the breeding tank. The eggs will be scattered around the tank and at this stage the parents should be removed. The eggs will hatch 2-3 days later and the fry will be free swimming a few days after this. They can be fed on Infusoria initially.
The expected life span for Astyanax kennedyi is 5-8 years.
Kennedy tetras must be kept in small groups of at least 6 fish. Do not keep these with shy or nervous fish as they may harass them.
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